One year ago today Em Hotep was present for the premier of Khufu Reborn at la Géode in Paris, France. Phase Two of Jean-Pierre Houdin’s work with the Great Pyramid of Khufu was revolutionary, but was preceded by another revolution in Egypt just two days prior. Now, on the one year anniversary of Khufu Reborn, we visit with Jean-Pierre to ask a few questions about his work, the impact of the January Revolution, and where we go from here.
Em Hotep: January 27 marks the one year anniversary of the premier of Khufu Reborn at la Géode in Paris. Of course, January 25 marked the one year anniversary of the January Revolution in Cairo. Much has changed in Egypt in the last year, and the story continues to develop. How has this affected your ability to work on-site, particularly with the planned survey with Laval University?
Jean-Pierre Houdin: First of all, your question makes me think about something none of us can control: Time! Time flies… It has already been one year since the premiere of Khufu Reborn at la Géode.
This also begins my thirteenth year of research on Khufu’s pyramid, which has expanded to include research on the other large pyramids of the Fourth Dynasty. When you consider twelve full years dedicated to one single quest, to learn how these large pyramids were built, that’s a lot of time invested in learning, analyzing, researching, thinking, modeling and simulating on a single subject.
In life, you learn in school—at high school and then at university—before having a job for most of the rest of your life, where your education continues. That is what I did. I studied architecture at the Beaux-Arts in Paris between 1970 and 1976, so that is six years spent earning my Ph.D in architecture. Then I ran my own architectural business for more than 22 years, so that is another 22 years of field training, from designing structures on paper and computer modeling to actually being on-site to assist in their construction.
Then in January, 1999, came the big jump into the unknown, in every sense of the word. To leave a comfortable life to focus exclusively on the search for an explanation about one of the last great enigmas of our day: to understand a 45-centuries-old civilization in what is its biggest achievement—the pyramids.
A new life, full of uncertainties about my own future, but rich in knowledge and understanding because of this determination to resolve an enigma, something you can’t get in high school or university because they simply don’t have the answer. This is not the kind of quest where the answer is there waiting for you in a book; for this sort of quest you have to become the scholar and write the answer yourself, based on the compilation of your learning and the addition of your own research.
After twelve years of research I’m still not a knighted Egyptologist, but I’ve surely acquired more knowledge on the specific subject of the pyramids than almost any other human being, Egyptologists included. This had to be said…for those who missed this point… My work incorporates the knowledge of Egyptologists, both what has been written and those who have worked directly with me, the expertise of engineers and computer modeling specialists, as well as my academic and practical experience as an architect and a builder. All of these are required to understand the enigma of the pyramids.
Now, a year is gone and not a quiet one on the Egyptian soil. While we are celebrating the first anniversary of the Géode première, Egyptians are celebrating the first anniversary of the Tahrir Square revolution, a search for a new beginning after sixty years of a non-democratic regime. And this revolution was absolutely needed and is still not fully achieved. Any revolution takes time to succeed…
It is not hard to imagine that, on the Egyptology side, or at least on my own research side, nothing could have happened during this period of time. But there have been some important developments with the SCA and the Ministry of Antiquities that could clear the way for a better relationship with the authorities in charge. We should expect less personal decisions regarding the authorizations to carry out a survey. The new Ministry of Antiquities, Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim, made it clear that now any approval regarding any mission or survey will be decided by the SCA council members and not by one man. There again, time will tell.
Meanwhile, we are still preparing, with Dassault Systèmes and Laval University, the future mission on site using an infrared camera, a truly non-destructive technique because we won’t touch the pyramid at all. Experiments are being set for the coming weeks on the “Redoute”, a fortified building in the walls of Old Quebec.
But I often ask myself, what is going wrong with our world? Why is there this resistance to letting science move forward? I have put forward a totally coherent theory from A to Z based on dozens of clues that I have gathered, most of which are right before our eyes for anyone to observe. The theory is fully explained and can literally be experienced thanks to the same virtual reality and 3D technology that engineers and architects use to design modern structures. We have many non-destructive techniques available, some of which could give a definitive proof in a few days, whilst others, like Multipolar Infrared Vision (the one in preparation) would take a little more time, but would be well worth it for Egyptology and the people of Egypt themselves.
A year from now, January 25, 2013, we could celebrate the second anniversary of the Tahrir revolution with a tremendous asset for the future of Egypt: a complete understanding of the big pyramids and a new reason for millions of tourists to come in Egypt—rediscovering Khufu’s Pyramid, walking in its internal ramp and visiting its two antechambers.
Should I be wrong…science would have been respected and Time could pass on the pyramids. The worst thing is to do nothing.
Now…I don’t think that I will be wrong, because…
Em Hotep: I saw where Japan recently did a television special on your work. Are there other documentaries forthcoming that we can look forward to?
Jean-Pierre Houdin: In fact, in 2008 and 2009, several documentaries, all co-produced by Dassault Systèmes, were filmed in Egypt about my work. The National Geographic Channel produced Unlocking the Great Pyramid (also known as The last Secret on BBC), Gedeon (for French Channels France 2/France 5) produced Kheops Révélé (directed by Florence Tran) and NHK Japan produced three different versions. All of these documentaries were big successes and greatly helped the theory being known all around the world.
Recently, I discovered the long NHK version about the theory and I was really impressed by the meticulous and scientific approach to my work. Although it was in Japanese, thanks to the images and 3D animations, I was able to fully understand all the processes and details of the theory. The Japanese director had remarkably transmitted the message.
Over the last four years I have seen evidence of the impact these documentaries are having: each time one is broadcasted somewhere on Earth, the day after I always receive e-mails from viewers telling me that they are totally convinced and that they support me and my work. By now I have received hundreds and hundreds of e-mails, and I always reply. I’m proud of having so many ambassadors for the theory almost everywhere on the globe.
We have no plan, for now, to make a new documentary but this could change very quickly if we get permission for a survey on site.
Otherwise, time is not lost at all. With the “Khufu Team” (lead by Mehdi Tayoubi and Richard Breitner) at Dassault Systèmes, we are now working, with the CATIA software, on the modeling of the last pyramid of Khufu’s father Snefru, the Red Pyramid at Dashur. The architectural legacy between the Red Pyramid and the Great Pyramid is amazing and the building processes are similar, although with some design differences regarding the internal ramp.
You will be surprised by the cleverness of the architects and engineers. Just as Khufu’s pyramid is a “Chef d’oeuvre” of great engineering due to its size and its multiple internal chambers and corridors, Snefru’s Red pyramid is equally a “Chef d’oeuvre” for its fineness, simplicity, purity and over all, for how quickly they were able to built it.
Last but not least, I’m very proud to learn more and more every day that the theory is being taught to pupils and students in many parts of the world. Slowly but surely, this theory is gaining momentum in schools and universities, replacing theories that have been stubbornly taught for more than a century despite their lack of evidence and common sense, theories that literally cannot fit within the topography of the Giza Plateau.
Em Hotep: In the comments section of the Pyramid Shafts article there was much discussion and explanation by you regarding the shafts, and I have had several people send me some questions which I have promised to ask you. I will be publishing the follow-up article about the Djedi Project and interviews with Shaun Whitehead and Mehdi Tayoubi about this project the first part of next week. I know the shafts play a role in the development of your theory, both as explanations as to their purpose and as clues to the antechambers. May I revisit the question of the pyramid shafts with you after the Djedi article/interviews are posted?
Jean-Pierre Houdin: Absolutely…once your article and interviews about the Djedi Project have been published, your readers will then have a strong base to understand my own ideas about these shafts. The Queen’s Chamber and the King’s Chamber shafts seem to have the same purpose, but this is not the case. More to come.
Copyright by Keith Payne, 2012. All rights reserved.
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